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Can Arsenal finally end winless run in the Premier League today? 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After dropping points at home to Hull City last weekend, that saw Arsenal go 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea, the Gunners cannot afford anything other than a victory today.

Arsene Wenger’s side face Sunderland, who they took six points off of last season in their home and away meetings, while the Black Cats are coming off the back of a humbling 8-0 defeat to Southampton.

Arsenal have been in poor form recently, however, with the Londoners failing to win in their last three games. They have only picked up one league win from seven too, and manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side have not been good enough defensively.

Lukas Podolski pushing for a start against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsene Wenger revealed he has a decision to make regarding Lukas Podolski ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Sunderland this afternoon.

The German international scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Anderlecht in their midweek Champions League game, and is hoping to get more game time with the side.

Despite impressive scoring eight goals in 14 league starts last season, Podolski still hasn’t managed to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis, and hinted he would seek out an exit if opportunities continued to elude him.

Arsenal without nine players for their weekend clash against Sunderland 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without nine first-team players ahead of their Saturday afternoon fixture against Sunderland.

Goalkeeper David Ospina, central defender Laurent Koscielny, right-back Mathieu Debuchy, midfielders Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, playmaker Mesut Ozil, and forward Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all missing from the first-team for their Black Cats clash.

Arsenal are 8/11 to win away to Sunderland this weekend, but the Gunners could well struggle at the Stadium of Light given their recent league form. Arsene Wenger’s side are winless from their last three games, while having won just once in their last seven.

Per Mertesacker questions Arsene Wenger’s tactics 1

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has been public in his criticism of manager Arsene Wenger, suggesting that his preferred style of play needs to be evolved to rescue Arsenal’s season.

“We lack a few things. The passing game is not as efficient as last year. We are not at our best, we have to admit that. We have to be honest to ourselves and train harder. I think we have to do better with our own possession, to play more in wide areas. I think it is better to expose them there, instead of playing one-twos through the middle,” he said.

Former Arsenal midfielder launches scathing attack on Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has voiced his disappointment at Arsene Wenger’s transfer dealings following yet another poor performance from Arsenal.

The Gunners were extremely fortunate to score two late goals to secure a victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League group stages after riding their luck for much of the game.

And with back line containing Nacho Monreal as a centre-back far from impressive, former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong went to Twitter to criticise the Gunners manager for his poor transfer dealings.

“Said it and will say it again we need a F****** centre back with Laurent a bloody DMF and a bloody striker,” Frimpong wrote via his official Twitter account.

Anderlecht win should not mask Gunners poor performance 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal somehow rescued a 2-1 win away at Anderlecht last night in the Champions League, despite producing a lacklustre display. It took an 89th minute equaliser from full-back Kieran Gibbs and a 91st minute winner from substitute Lukas Podolski to win the game.


Lacklustre was the word I used in describing the Gunners display in my opening paragraph and that is exactly what the performance was. There seemed to be no drive, energy or imagination against the Belgian champions.

The lack of creativity was concerning because with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey you would expect the team to produce better.

Wenger pats himself on the back for “tactical gamble” paying off 0

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

After a late flurry of goals secured all three points in the dying minutes of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht last night, manager Arsene Wenger was pleased his gamble paid off.

“It’s a gambling situation in these games and it worked. In the last five minutes in the Champions League the nerves play a part and we had to get into these five minutes without conceding a second goal,” he said.

Alexis Sanchez showing signs of discontent with Arsenal’s limp start to the season 10

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While the majority of Arsenal players were rejoicing after a late winner away to Champions League minnows Anderlecht, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was less than impressed.

The Chilean international was visibly seen shaking his head at the final whistle, captured on YouTube, in frustration that Arsenal made such difficult work of what should have been a straight-forward tie for a side of their calibre.

Sanchez has been the Londoners’ most impressive performer this season, and is starting to show his quality on a consistent basis, even when Arsenal are underperforming. But his debut season for the Gunners has seen them undergo a poor league campaign, early elimination in the Capital One Cup, and an unconvincing start in Europe.

Arsenal’s Premier League form in 2014 1

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were unrivalled in the year of 2013, with Arsene Wenger’s side having won 35 of their 54 games played (65% win ratio) in all competitions.

In the 38 Premier League games played at the tail end of 2012/13 and the first-half of 2013/14, the Gunners picked up 25 wins, 7 draws, and just six defeats (82 points), which saw them at the summit on league form last year.

But 2014 has seen them looking considerably human, so how have the Londoners dared so far this year?

Arsene Wenger: “David Ospina will be out for three months” 0

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League clash against Anderlecht tonight, manager Arsene Wenger revealed Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out of action for up to three months.

“It is exactly the same injury (suffered in the World Cup). He had his first injury at Nice – it was a knee problem and he was a bit rushed back and did not use his leg, so his muscle became weaker. Then he got injured in the World Cup. After that, he came to us injured after the World Cup and it took him two months to play again.”

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